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With a new engine, more room and improved handling, the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte remains a rarefied Italian-bred luxury sedan with impeccable heritage and style.
Distinctive styling; engaging handling; expansive cabin, updated electronics.
More costly than some competitors; firmer ride than many large luxury sedans.
The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is fully redesigned. Highlights include a new V8 engine, an eight-speed transmission, more interior room and improved electronics.
Facing upstarts like the Porsche Panamera or even new electric exotics like the Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S, the Maserati Quattroporte looked increasingly undernourished for the elite luxury sedan fight. Maserati hopes the 2014 Quattroporte resolves that shortcoming.
A new 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine replaces the former 4.7-liter naturally aspirated eight-cylinder and now delivers 530 horsepower. That's a gain of more than 100 hp from an engine that was developed with and assembled by Ferrari, yet remains exclusive to Maserati. Also new is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 404 hp. The former six-speed automatic transmission makes way for a new eight-speed transmission with Sport and Manual modes, the latter operated via steering wheel paddles. As a first for the Quattroporte, all-wheel drive is available for the V6 engine.
Maserati also opened up the Quattroporte's cabin space, particularly in the rear seat area. The additional legroom is opulent by American standards, but Maserati was thinking more about its Chinese buyers when designing this suite-sized backseat. Still, the big sedan can move like a smaller car. Our first-drive impressions showed us a car that still delivers sharp steering and handling.
Inside, the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte's instrument panel, center stack and console have been rethought and redesigned, incorporating a central touchscreen. Fewer controls means a cleaner, more luxurious look accented by optional wood, metal or carbon-fiber trim and anchored by lush leather upholstery. The Quattroporte also offers a rearview camera, a premium Bowers & Wilkins stereo system and in-car WiFi.
Pricing for the new Quattroporte hasn't been announced, but we expect it to remain around $130,000. That's enough to consider the 2013 Porsche Panamera Turbo or a loaded 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, two excellent business-class sedans with sledgehammer acceleration. Of course, neither model speaks Italian. Check back for a full review of the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
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